Award-Winning Author Returns to St Margaret's

In Conversation with Leila Aboulela

The school will welcome award-winning author and former parent back to the school on Wednesday, June 12, to discuss her latest novel, Bird Summons, followed by a Q&A with pupils and the audience.

There will also be an opportunity to buy signed copies of her books, courtesy of Waterstones in Aberdeen, who will attend on the day.

Ms Aboulela has published seven books, including a collection of short stories, and most recently was awarded the Saltire Fiction Book of the Year for Elsewhere, Home in 2018.

The event will be held in the school hall on Wednesday, June 12, from 2.30-3.30pm. Tickets are limited so please register now at:


Leila Aboulela was born in Cairo, grew up in Khartoum and moved in her mid-twenties to Aberdeen. She is the author of five novels, Bird Summons, The Translator, a New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year, The Kindness of Enemies, Minaret and Lyrics Alley, Fiction Winner of the Scottish Book Awards.  Leila’s work has received critical recognition and a high profile for its distinctive exploration of identity, migration and Islamic spirituality. She was the first winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing and her latest story collection, Elsewhere, Home won the Saltire Fiction Book of the Year Award. Leila’s work has been translated into fifteen languages and she was long-listed three times for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her plays The Insider, The Mystic Life and others were broadcast on BBC Radio and her fiction included in publications such as Freeman’s, Granta and Harper’s Magazine.  

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